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“Jen Michalski’s second novel is an intense emotional commitment, but a worthwhile one.” – Ploughshares


“Jen is an astonishingly sensitive writer.” – HTML Giant


“Jen Michalski excels in subtlety that is made possible by her nuanced understanding of voice.” – The Rumpus


“Jen is a writerly heavyweight.” – Nate Brown, American Short Fiction


“We’re lucky to have Michalski before the rest of the world discovers her. But they will.” – Baltimore City Paper

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Interview with Gay Life Magazine


My interview with Terri Solomon in Baltimore's Gay Life Magazine is up!

Jen Michalski is the author of Close Encounters, a collection of short stories published in 2007 by So New Media. The title comes from the “strange little world lurking in a lot of my writing,” said Michalski. Stories feature “in-fetu twins, personality disorders, missing children, surrealist airports, little girls who find time machines in their neighborhoods, and Whitney Houston.”

Michalski has another collection coming out in early 2013 from Dzanc Books. It will include a novella I Can Get to California Before It's Time for Dinner. Her novella May-September won first place in last year’s Press 53 Open Awards.

Michalski spoke to Baltimore Gay Life about her recent writing, the 510 Reading Series, and wrestling with the term “gay writer.”


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